US crane manufacturer Manitowoc has commissioned Canadian specialist CM Labs to deliver a series of simulators that showcase Manitowoc’s Crane Control System (CCS).

According to CM Labs, Manitowoc’s initial unitswill be used to help Manitowoc dealers market and educate crane operators on the capabilities of CCS-equipped crane models.

According to CM Labs, Vortex simulators are powered by Vortex Studio, a high-fidelity physics-based real-time simulation platform that delivers an immersive experience. CM Labs said the simulators can include actual on-board crane computers and load moment indicators, different boom configurations, accurate simulation of machine behaviour, plus cable physical property simulation for winch line, slings, and load, and multiple rigging options.

“We selected CM Labs because they are the leader in crane simulation with their top-quality solutions already widely deployed at training organisations.” said John Alexander, director of all terrain crane service, mobile training and telematics at Manitowoc. “Many of our own clients are already using CM Labs simulators every day.”

“CM Labs works well with OEMs like Manitowoc because of our ability to leverage authentic OEM control sets and programmable logic controllers and control systems,” added Arnold Free, chief commercial officer of CM Labs. “This Manitowoc CCS simulator is an effective way for dealers to easily demonstrate the capabilities of the CCS hardware and for operators to get the expert training they need.”

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